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Pickett's Charge
On July 3rd, 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia (Confederate States of America) and the Army of the Potomac (United States of America) fought for the third day in the fields outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. On this day, the Confederates launched a massive assault across open fields against a dug-in Union army, situated on Cemetery Ridge. The assault was beaten back and the Confederates would eventually retreat back into Virginia. This charge would be remembered in history as "Pickett's Charge." This MOC captures a scene of Pickett's Charge called "The Bloody Angle," where Gen. Lewis Armistead (CSA) led the 57th Virginia broke into the Union lines, briefly capturing two artillery pieces. He would take three bullets to the chest and die of his wounds two days later. Interestingly enough, the Union troops here are commanded by Winfield Scott Hancock, who was a friend to Armistead before the war.
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Many thanks to History Bricks for featuring my MOC. It's an honor to be featured by one of my favorite blogs.

Note: This diorama is not to scale, but is intended to capture the moment of the fighting on July 3rd, 1863.

Clash of armies (2)

A stylized picture of the diorama.

Clash of armies (1)

Another stylized picture of the diorama.

Confederate POV

The diorama as seen from the Confederate perspective.

Union POV

The diorama as seen from the Union perspective.

Commanders at "The Bloody Angle"



Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead

Leading a brigade of Virginians, Brigadier General Lewis Armistead would take three bullet wounds during this encounter. He would die two days later, on July 5th 1863.

Major General Winfield S. Hancock (2)

Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, commander of the Union troops in the vicinity of "The Bloody Angle." He was well known for his courage, forthright manner, and inspirational leadership of his division.

Major General Winfield S. Hancock (1)

Before the war, Hancock and Armistead were close friends, serving in San Diego, California together. After this battle, Hancock received Armistead's personal effects and sent them to Armistead's family.

Details in the scene



Loading the cannon

Ramming down the shot for another blast.

Wounded soldier

The human cost of war.

Witness tree

Many trees surrounding the area around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania bear scars from that epic battle.

Whatever weapon comes to hand

As the rebel attack reached the entrenched positions of the Union, the northerners made due with whatever weapons came to hand.

Virginians break through

Armistead's brigade would break through the Union line, capturing several cannon, before being repulsed by the Union reinforcements. This moment would be known in some circles as "The High Water Mark of the Confederacy."

Jumping the fence

Recent scholarship suggests that the Confederate advance was critically slowed by farmer's fences between Seminary Ridge and Cemetery Ridge.

Into the Union artillery

The Union gunners prepare for another barrage.

Crater from the Confederate artillery barrage

The Confederate artillery, although ferocious, did not silence the Union batteries.

Advancing rebels

The encroaching tide of gray and butternut infantry.

Meeting the assault

Union infantry and artillery men attempt to repulse the attack.

A big club

While in melee, a rifle is just a big club.



Comments

 I like it 
  July 10, 2013
Thank you for stoping by and likening my marauder much appreciated.
 I like it 
  July 9, 2013
Very nice! I like the mix of the old and the new. Excellent choices on all of your uniforms. Appears to be a very well thought out diorama. Well done.
 I made it 
  July 5, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Only Clayton seems to have commented on this. Thats not right. Let me fix that. This is excellent! Extremely good work! I myself have a fascination with history; and Pickett's Charge was definitely on of the most ferocious charges of the Civil War, at least. A stop motion of this MOC would, if possible, make it even better! A well deserved 5/5!
Thank you, Achintya! I appreciate your comment. I have been fascinated with the Civil War and Gettysburg in particular for a few years. Pickett's Charge was one of the most poignant moments of the war. Unfortunately, I've never visited Gettysburg, although I hope to visit sometime in the future.
 I made it 
  July 5, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti I like the added pics . You have me wanting to dig out my moc of the CSS Virgina and give it a good updating.
I would love to see that. If you added the USS Monitor, you could do a battle of the Ironclads!
 I like it 
  July 4, 2013
Only Clayton seems to have commented on this. Thats not right. Let me fix that. This is excellent! Extremely good work! I myself have a fascination with history; and Pickett's Charge was definitely on of the most ferocious charges of the Civil War, at least. A stop motion of this MOC would, if possible, make it even better! A well deserved 5/5!
 I like it 
  July 4, 2013
I like the added pics . You have me wanting to dig out my moc of the CSS Virgina and give it a good updating.
 I made it 
  July 3, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti I saw your moc at history bricks and the first thing I saw was the cannonball stuck in the tree awesome! I also went to flicker and commented on a couple pics I have to go back and do some more . It looks great
Thank you! I appreciate it. I need to change out the pictures here on MOCpages with the 'version 2' of this diorama.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2013
I saw your moc at history bricks and the first thing I saw was the cannonball stuck in the tree awesome! I also went to flicker and commented on a couple pics I have to go back and do some more . It looks great
 I like it 
  June 30, 2013
Thank you for that great complement . I hope you can get there it's something to see. There is a tree that the tour guide points out that has a cannon ball imbedded in it . It's really awesome when theres a reenactment put on . I will be looking out for your moc .
 I made it 
  June 30, 2013
Thank you, Clayton! I take that as great praise from an awesome builder such as yourself (love the Enterprise MOC). I'm hoping to have it featured on HistoryBricks or TBB this Wednesday (the 150th anniversary of Pickett's Charge). I will be posting new photos as I tweak some of the elements in the MOC and I get better at lighting & photography. It's just too bad that I didn't have time to build Little Round Top with Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine. I've never been to Gettysburg, so I've been working off of books, pictures of the aftermath, period maps, and topological surveys. I hope to travel to Pennsylvania to visit the park sometime in the future.
 I like it 
  June 30, 2013
Very nice recreation . You did a great job on the rebels . I've been to Gettysburg and the surrounding battlefields, and you captured this perfectly. Great job
 
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